May 16, 2012
Boxing champ banned from L.A. mall
By QMI AGENCY
Manny Pacquiao's fists usually do the talking but this time his mouth got him into trouble.
Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion and considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer of his generation, was banned from a Los Angeles mall after saying he was opposed to same-sex marriages.
The fighter was scheduled to appear Wednesday morning on a L.A. television show, Extra, that is shot at The Grove mall in the Fairfax district. But The Grove sent a statement to LA Weekly saying Pacquiao was no longer welcome at the mall.
"Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future," the statement said. "The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance."
In an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao said "God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old."
He tried to clarify himself Wednesday on his website.
"I'm not against gay people," he said. "I have a relative who is also gay. We can't help it if they were born that way. What I'm critical off are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God."